Weekly Memo (August 19-23)

What is this IXL thing my kid’s been talking about?

We had a great first week, and although the learning curve is steep for me, the kids have been so helpful and patient (like the time I didn’t take my keys to chapel so we couldn’t go upstairs and had to wait for another adult with keys to let us through).

I’m also learning how to pace our lessons to make sure we cover our instructional material while also making sure each student is on track. In a class of twenty-one students, you might imagine that is both extremely important and challenging. Before we move too fast through material, I’ll err on the side of going slowly and making sure we’re all on track.

One way we’ll be doing that this year is through IXL (if your child hasn’t mentioned it, it would be good to ask about). As it’s a new program for both me and our students, we’re still learning how we’ll best use it in class, but I already love what I’m seeing. Yesterday, we started our first math lesson (number sequencing) and I assigned students to practice those types of problems on IXL and gave them some time to work. The results were astounding! Below are a few reports (student names are not included).

Data like this will be really helpful for me as I work with my students to help them master all the skills they need to be successful in 5th grade and prepare them for next year. As I learn more about the program and students begin to feel more comfortable with it, there’s no telling what we’ll be able to do! As we practice more and gather more data, I can’t wait to share individual reports with you so we can all see the growth from the year.

What We’re Learning Next Week (if all goes as planned)
  • Bible— God’s Word is True
    • Memory verse (see below)
    • Questions to ask your child this week:
      • What is the difference between general revelation and special revelation? (Answer: General revelation is God revealing Himself to people through nature. Special revelation is God revealing Himself to people through the Bible and the life of Christ.)
      • What four road signs help illustrate how God’s principles help us in life? (Answer: historical marker, stop sign, no U-turn, speed limit)
  • Reading/Vocab
    • Read-Aloud
    • Independent Reading
  • Social Studies
    • USA Studies Weekly— Week 1
      • Map reading
      • Key Terms/Vocabulary
      • Using geographic knowledge and skills when discussing current events
  • Math
    • Lesson 2— Even and Odd numbers
    • Lesson 3— Using Money to Illustrate Place Value
    • Lesson 4— Comparing Whole Numbers
    • Lesson 5— Naming Whole Numbers
  • Spelling
    • Week One list (see below)
    • Test Friday
  • English
    • Lesson 1.2— Singular and Plural Nouns
    • Lesson 1.3— More Singular and Plural Nouns
    • Lesson 1.4— Possessive Nouns
    • Lesson 1.5— Collective Nouns
  • Writing
    • Journal Writing
    • Writing a complete sentence
    • Writing a complete paragraph

Next Week’s Memory Verse
"For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope."
Romans 15:4

Next Week’s Spelling List

Printable version— Download PDF

Week One Spelling List
  1. skinny
  2. task
  3. risk
  4. spider
  5. wasp
  6. crisp
  7. stopped
  8. style
  9. arrest
  10. suggest
  11. skeleton
  12. skunk
  13. brisk
  14. spilled
  15. spinach
  16. grasp
  17. stumble
  18. statue
  19. boast
  20. adjust

Next Week’s Tests & Quizzes
  • Friday, August 23
    • Spelling Test
    • Bible Memory Verse Quiz

Upcoming Projects
  • Send a 4x6 picture for our "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" bulletin board

Important Dates & Upcoming Events
  • Wednesday, August 21— Library Aide Meeting (3:10-4:00; Library)
  • Friday, August 23— 2019 Junior Class Shirt Order Forms are Due (green sheet); Scroll to the bottom to view image of the shirt
  • Thursday, August 29— Outside Chapel
  • Monday, September 2— No School (Labor Day)

Resource of the Week

Helpful Links

Classroom Resource Page (for class schedule, safety patrol rotation, textbooks, etc.)

Google Classroom (students may access this from their Google drive account)

Class ShowMe Page (video tutorials)

2019 Junior Class Shirt (Printable order form—Download PDF)